And yet another one bites the dust !

 
  Heritage Special Beginner

Yet another fine moment in NSW transport's history. Class leader 7301 was loaded onto a low loader yesterday on its way to the big loco shed in the sky. Various attempts were made I'm the past by a nberplate of organizations to save it but all to no avail. There was no public tender or any other offer of interest to preserve its future. Well done NSW Trains on another fine heritage preservation!  RIP 7301, 1970 to 2014

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  WayneTedrow Junior Train Controller

It was reported on F/b that it was taken by road from Chullora to the RVM at Kurri on Wednesday night for preservation. Apparently the cab has been heavily stripped. I've no doubt it's taken a large chunk of RVM's resources so you may like to contribute to help them out.
  monday Chief Commissioner

If you had seen the thing first hand it might shed some different light on it.

The thing is heavily stripped through out, and requires big bucks to ever get it going.

Even if it was to be razed (as opposed to going to RVM), im not exactly sure what slice of rare / important history is being lost...  A fundamental principle of rail preservation is that you cant save everything.  

With a collective pool of finite resources across rail preservation generally, my personal view is that im not sure that this is the best one to be directing resources at anyway.  

Goodo if its been saved, but I wouldn't have shed a tear if it wasn't.
  Heritage Special Beginner

Yes it did have some items stolen by other local rail operators but on a whole it was quite salvageable. Considering it did have a brand new wheel set under it with overhauled bogies, it would have been a good starting project. The cab was in most parts complete, with only some items such as brake stands removed, these are a dime a dozen. The Voith transmission would on its own been worth salvaging as they are now like rocking horse poo. The engine had suffered electrolysis between the liners and the block as most caterpillars do but a rather strait forward fix. The cab has some heavy rust on the No 2 side along the guttering but all straight forward to fix. Anyway my point of the post was to announce (and fare well) it and to make a point that there was several parties keen to save it. I do hope it has gone to RVM but all sources do indicate that it was purchased by Sell Parker and even after this sale a party has made an offer of $30,000 and still ben rejected. RIP 7301………………...
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Just get another 73 and remember it to 7301. Problem solved.
  barryc Chief Train Controller

Location: Waiting for a train to Canungra
Wikipedia (FWIW) has 8 73 class preserved. Why one more? If they were like the QR DH class where the first one was different there would be some argument but AFAIK the 73 class were peas in a pod. In any case, the only parts of the loco that could be guaranteed to have been part of the original 7301 would be the frame, the cab and the numbers.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Wikipedia (FWIW) has 8 73 class preserved. Why one more? If they were like the QR DH class where the first one was different there would be some argument but AFAIK the 73 class were peas in a pod. In any case, the only parts of the loco that could be guaranteed to have been part of the original 7301 would be the frame, the cab and the numbers.
barryc


What does preserved me?  According to the database here http://www.railpage.com.au/locos/class/262 there are still 73 class in service?  COuld Wikipedia mean not stored or not scrapped?
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Manildra use two 73 Class, one in Bomaderry and one in Narranderra. The others that they own seem to be parts donors. Two were preserved at ARHS ACT although these were sold to Manildra Group a few years ago. I believe Qube own one or two that are in need of work. The two former Patrick PortLink units are preserved at Oberon.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Manildra use two 73 Class, one in Bomaderry and one in Narranderra. The others that they own seem to be parts donors. Two were preserved at ARHS ACT although these were sold to Manildra Group a few years ago. I believe Qube own one or two that are in need of work. The two former Patrick PortLink units are preserved at Oberon.
Raichase

I am lead to believe 7334 will become the Somerton QUBE shunter.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I am lead to believe 7334 will become the Somerton QUBE shunter.
speedemon08

I am also lead to believe that, but as it stands right now, it's in need of work.
  McOZ Station Staff
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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